Public Domain Works Can Be Used Without Credit
from the so-says-the-Supreme-Court dept
Interesting legal decision handed down by the Supreme Court today concerning the use of works in the public domain. The case is a bit confusing, but the summary appears to be that a company named Dastar produced a film about World War II, using footage that was in the public domain – though was originally owned by 20th Century Fox. Fox claimed that Dastar should be required to credit them, under trademark law, saying that they were misrepresenting the origin of the work. The Supreme Court, however, has ruled that it’s unreasonable to require anyone using public domain material to figure out everyone they might need to credit in order to use the work. Sounds like a reasonable decision on intellectual property from the Supreme Court. Who would have thought it was possible?